- 92 min
In "Catacombs," the new hair-raising thriller from the producers of the hit film "Saw," Victoria (Shannyn Sossamon, star of "A Knight's Tale") heads to City of Lights to visit her wild sister Carolyn (Alecia Moore a/k/a music superstar Pink).
One night, Victoria is swept into the Parisian underground rave scene, literally under ground into the city's Catacombs. It is here--among the bodies of the dead which have rested undisturbed for centuries--that the easily frightened Victoria finds herself lost in the darkness, pursued by someone or something more terrifying than she could have ever imagined...
- 115 min
Donald Trump could learn from the Grönholm method, created to separate the weak from the strong in the corporate world. In "The Method (El Método)," several highly competitive candidates are up for a single high-level position at a multinational corporation. How far are they willing to go? Omarosa would be eaten alive...
- 89 min
While on a flight home from Colombia, the plane that Dr. Carrie Ross and her daughter are on is attacked by bullet ants whose sting is the most painful and deadliest on the planet. Joining forces with air marshal Ethan Hart, Dr. Ross, an entomologist, tries desperately to save the flight from disaster. In the end, their struggle brings them closer together and offers the couple hope for the future. Written by George Mendeluk
Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!
- 112 min
Traumatic incidents, conflicts, and bloody quarrels awaiting the Funuke family members who return home to bury their parents. A one-horse town in central Japan does not look like the kind of place where passions would flare. The eccentric and selfish Sumika, who lives in Tokyo and wants to be an actress, arrives for the funeral of her parents, who have tragically died. Her younger sister Kiyomi, a talented cartoonist, is overtly afraid of her, and her stepbrother, Shinji, who has married an orphan named Machiko, is nervous and guarded around her. Each member of this dysfunctional family tries to find the meaning of life and love in their own way – but will they succeed? Shades of black humour mingle in the dialogues and actions of the individual characters; the drama of the past and conflicts of the present come to life in the comics caricatures, uncovering a bloody family strife and a collision of self-love.
- 85 min
Seven short films from different directors. Atsuko Fukushima's intro piece is a fantastic abstraction to soak up with the eyes. Masaaki Yuasa, of MIND GAME and CAT SOUP fame, brings his distinctive and deceptively simple graphic style and dream-state logic to the table with "Happy Machine," his spin on a child's earliest year. Shinji Kimura's spookier "Deathtic 4," meanwhile, seems to tap into the creepier corners of a child's imagination and open up a toybox full of dark delights. Hideki Futamura's "Limit Cycle" conjures up a vision of virtual reality, while Yuji Fukuyama's "Doorbell" and "Baby Blue" by Shinichiro Watanabe use understated realism for very surreal purposes. And Shoji Kawamori, with "Shanghai Dragon," takes the tropes and conventions of traditional anime out for very fun joyride.
- Written by
Rupert Bottenberg for Fantasia Film Festival
The scary folklore: Omote no sho
- 74 min
- 94 min
Comedy - Elena, a young factory worker from Kazakhstan with Nashville dreams, is duped by a wannabe pimp and oddball gangster. Through a comedy of errors she crosses paths with a sweet con man moonlighting as a Robin Hood for stray animals. - Roy Werner, Kim Delgado, Sanjay
- 108 min
Handover year 1997 sees much drama for Joy (Gigi Leung), the chief financial officer of a big company. She struggles to keep her family life together, as her husband is forced to relocate to Singapore due to his British affiliation and her son is stricken with disease. Joy's best friend and assistant (played by Fiona Sit) is a young girl trying to figure out her dodgy boyfriend. Still, she tries to help but Joy plunges into deeper despair due to her family problems. One day, the torment becomes unbearable and Joy breaks down. Things look bleak for the both of them until a friend makes good on an old promise and brings them all within sight of happiness again.
- 81 min
A preacher (Sorbo) becomes a bounty hunter after a group of refugees seeking shelter in his church is murdered by a gang of ruthless outlaws.
The Legend of God's Gun
- 78 min
A gun-slinging preacher returns to the debaucherous town of Playa Diablo seeking revenge from the notorious scorpion-venom drinking bandito El Sobero - lead outlaw and number one bad guy. El Sobero and his band of bad banditos are also returning to Playa Diablo seeking their own revenge against the town sheriff. With the Bounty Hunter dragging up slowly behind there is sure to be a confrontation of Biblical proportions as they all meet in the circle of death.